Miami loves a star.
And David Beckham, more clothed than in his Super Bowl Sunday underwear commercial, is one.
The retired soccer icon spent more than an hour Tuesday night schmoozing with politicians, jetsetters and ordinary people at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall as he tried to gain momentum for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.
“There's going to be a few bumps along the way, but we're going to make the team in Miami not just the best team in America,” he said in brief remarks to the crowd, “we're going to take the team global.”
About 200 people, including more than a handful of Miami-Dade County and city of Miami commissioners, milled at the lobby of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts venue, most of them remarkably punctual – presumably not to miss a chance to pose for a selfie with Becks.